Lagos State government said the source of the strange disease that killed no fewer than 25 children at Otodo-Gbame Community in Ikate, Lekki area of the state was still unknown and under investigation.
At the moment, no fewer than 34 cases are under intense observation while medical scientists are working round the clock to discover what disease it is and then prescribe a solution.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, confirmed that the yet-to-be identified disease, which started sometime in January 2016, had brought panic to the community predominantly dominated by the Egun people of the state.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday noted that the affected children, after contracting the ailment, developed rashes similar to the symptoms of measles and died two to three days after.
Idris said the team of epidemiologists from the state Ministry of Health had yet to come up with the report on the source of the strange infection.
“However, the signs and symptoms are suggestive of Febrile Rash Illnesses. Blood samples and throat swabs from the patients and water samples from the community have been taken to the Virology Reference Laboratory.
“This is at Lagos University Teaching Hospital and Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, respectively. The source of the infection is still under investigation and until we know the required source, we cannot say for sure what is causing it,” he said.
The commissioner said the outbreak confirmed has 34 cases of sick children, with Febrile Rash Illnesses, had been line listed, adding that the fatality of the outbreak was also confirmed.
“The graves of 20 children who died from the FRI since the day of onset of signs and symptoms in the first case on January 6 were identified by their parents. Also, 34 cases have been line listed so far with 17 males and 17 females.
Already, 17 dead patients have been identified with nine males and eight females, all are within the age range of eight and 72 months,” Idris said and urged the citizenry to continue to practice health promotion and disease prevention measures.
Healthy habit he said should include, basic environmental sanitation, proper disposal of refuse, and avoid open defecation.
“Also, regular hand washing with soap and water, maintaining personal hygiene, adequate nutrition, and antenatal care for pregnant women.
“Immunisation of children against deadly vaccine, preventable childhood diseases and regular checkups aimed at ensuring early diagnosis and prompt treatment of both communicable and non-communicable diseases,” Idris recommended.

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